Optimizing wheels to perform with precision and control at the depth of the 808 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher is pure engineering science.
While the 808 Firecrest’s aerodynamics and stability are proven every weekend in road races, triathlons and time trials around the world, understanding how profoundly good these wheels are only comes from riding the wheel that, as a set, has proven faster than any other.
Optimizing the revolutionary Firecrest aero-rim concept for an 82mm depth and the distinct airflow pattern of clincher tires required us to evaluate a slew of minutely varied prototypes through CFD, or computational fluid dynamics, software and in the wind tunnel. At 27.5mm wide, the final version is the fastest deep-section carbon clincher in the world. Yet, with a weight of only 1,885grams, it more than holds its own on the climbs.
With Firecrest’s unparalleled approach to the wheel’s center of pressure, the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher also handles crosswinds with the stability you’d normally associate with a much shallower rim – making the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher ideal for non-disc-legal courses like Kona. Plus, the wide rim shape provides efficient power transfer along with comfort and durability, making it an excellent choice for just about any terrain and riding style.
At the center of the 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher is Zipp’s 77/177 hubset with best-in-class durability and improved bearing protection with no pre-load adjustment needed. The result is improved stiffness, durability, simplicity and versatility:
- Use: Road
- Model: 808 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher Front Wheel
- Rim size: 28"
- Tyre type: Clincher
- Spokes: 18
- Brake type: Rim Brake
- Tubeless system: No
- Max recommended system weight: 113kg (body weight + bike)
- Max tire pressure: 8.62bar (125psi)
- Recommended tire width: 23 - 32mm
- Rim: Zipp Firecrest®
- Dimension (ETRTO): 16-622C
- Rim internal witdh: 16.25mm
- Rim witdh: 27.5mm
- Brake track witdh: 24.73mm
- Rim depth: 82mm
- Valve hole: SV (6.5mm)
- Hub: Zipp 77
- Hub axle system: 9 x 100mm QR
- Spoke type: Sapim CX-Sprint
- Spoke pattern: Radial
- Spoke length: 226mm
- Nipple type: Sapim / external
- Rim: Carbon
- Hub: Aluminum
- Spoke: Stainless steel
- 1 x Zipp 808 Firecrest® Carbon Clincher Front Wheel matt black
- 1 x Zipp Quick Release
- 1 x Zipp Valve Extender
- 1 x Zipp Rim Tape
- 1 pair Zipp Brake Pads Tangente Platinum Pro Evo
With the proprietary Firecrest rim shape in our 202, 303, 404 and 808 Firecrest wheels, Zipp wheels make a bigger difference in more ways than ever. Not only is Firecrest more aerodynamic than any other rim design, it improves handling in crosswinds and overall ride quality.
ABLC™ (Aerodynamic Boundary Layer Control)
Advanced Boundary Layer Control (ABLC) refers to the patented and instantly recognizable dimpled pattern found on all of our carbon rims. ABLC smoothes airflow across the rim's surface and is tailored to every model from the 202 to the Super-9 Disc. The third-generation of ABLC has up to four times more dimples than before.
VCLC™ (Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control)
Visco-Elastic Constrained Layer Control (VCLC) uses a vibration-absorbing material sandwiched between layers of rigid carbon laminate in the rim. When the wheel receives an impact from the road, much of the shock is absorbed by the VCLC system, delivering a 10% reduction in vibration.